OSKANIAN RESPONDS TO COLUMN ON DAVID PHILLIPS

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OSKANIAN RESPONDS TO COLUMN ON DAVID PHILLIPS


By Harut Sassounian

Publisher, The California Courier


In response to my column criticizing the moderator of TARC, David Phillips, for writing a blatantly anti-Armenian commentary in the Wall Street Journal, the Foreign Minister of Armenia, Mr. Vartan Oskanian, sent me his reaction:


"The David Phillips article demonstrated either an alarming ignorance of Armenia's domestic and foreign policies and realities, or deliberate distortion. To arrive at conclusions and make predictions based on wrong information and inappropriate interpretations harms the international community's efforts to understand regional processes and developments. If the reason was ignorance, this is unfortunate, since he had plenty of opportunity and access to better information. If it was deliberate distortion, this is even worse since he had cast himself in the role of conciliator."


I am pleased that Mr. Oskanian did respond to Phillips in a forthright manner. After the highly offensive article that Phillips wrote in the Wall Street Journal, he should no longer have any friends among Armenians.



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